- …Says will continue to defend Nigeria’s democracy
- …Says won’t step down as Senate President except legally removed
By Anthony Ogbonna
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has, Wednesday, held a press conference where he condemned Tuesday’s invasion of the National Assembly by armed operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS. Saraki, during the speech, said there is a government within the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government that acts against the true change Nigerians voted in the administration in 2015.
According to him, “However, some of you may recall that about two years ago, I stated that there was a government within this government, to a purpose that was not in the interest of what the people voted for. I said it then, and now we are beginning to see the manifestations of that government within a government. It beats one’s imagination how the head of an agency could have authorized the brazen assault on the legislature that we saw yesterday.”
Saraki however said that despite what he called the militarisation tendency of the government within the ruling government, that he, along side other lawmakers and the entire Nigerians, will continue to stand against any form of threat to the nation’s democracy.
“Despite the threat to our lives, we shall continue to fight impunity and injustice in this country. Happily, by the actions that Nigerians took yesterday, they demonstrated our strong resolve as a nation not to give ground to oppression.”The legislature, more than any other institution in this country, more than any other arm of govt. represents the will of the people. We are elected by the people, & an assault on the legislature is an assault on the people of Nigeria.”
“The rain fell, the sun rose, but Nigerians stood their ground in defence of democracy. With the strength of will demonstrated by everyone against unwarranted and unconstitutional militaristic might, the siege could not stand.”
“By this, we have shown that Nigerians can resist government within government in whatever guise, and this is humbling for me. Those who sought to attack the National Assembly under my leadership for their selfish ends have only affirmed my belief in this country. They attempted to execute an illegal impeachment of the leadership of the Senate without the backing of the law, but they faltered.”
“I am confident that, together, we shall always defeat acts of unconstitutionality. The rule of law shall always prevail.”